I have a friend .... well, he is actually the son of one of my very good friends, but I still call him my "friend" because I do consider him a friend.... who is leaving for Afghanistan, TODAY. In fact, he may have already left.
He is a young, 20 years old. I have known him since he was about 8 years old. His family was one of the first ones that we met when we moved here from Atlanta and when we began visiting their (... now ours, as well!) church.
My young friend joined the Georgia Army National Guard just a short couple of years ago. At that time, I didn't realize that guardsmen could be sent overseas, but I soon learned that I was wrong.
I have known that he was going to be going overseas for over a year now, but a year seemed sooooo far away from when we first learned the news. I knew the day would come, but I pushed it to the back of my brain so that I wouldn't think about it.
This past Sunday, at church, our pastor announced to the congregation that he would be leaving this week. I knew this, but it hadn't sunk in yet.... until I heard the words come out of my pastor's mouth and I saw the tears in her eyes. Then... the tears in my eyes started to flow!! The day that I had pushed to the back of my brain, had come.
I have been praying for my young friend since I learned this news. Praying for him to have peace from his nightmares about going and for God to protect him while he is there.
I have also been praying for his family - my friends. I know that they are worried and scared.
Over the past few months, my young friend has made some not-so-good decisions that have had us ALL praying for him even more!
Today, he is HEAVY on my heart, as is his family.
If you are willing... would you please say a prayer for my young friend??? Please pray for his safety and for his faith in God to increase.
I am adding a picture of him to my side bar and will keep it there until he comes home.
While you are at it... maybe you could pray for all of the men and women that are away from their families, fighting to protect the land that we love so much. And we must not forget to pray for their families that are at home, waiting for their return.
Thank you and I pray that you all have a blessed day!